America's Vacation Deficit Disorder: Who Stole Your Vacation?

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iUniverse, May 23, 2013 - Social Science - 358 pages
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"It is no secret that America is the No Vacation Nation. Our vacations nowadays consist of nothing more than a few long weekends a year...when we're not on staycations. Workplace stress and burnout in America are at all-time highs. That Americans are over-caff einated and sleep deprived is not surprising given that our work-leisure balance is so severely lopsided. Depression is epidemic. Chalmers' estimates that these seemingly isolated, yet wholly interconnected cultural data points cost the U.S. economy a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity...and may be shortening the life spans of Americans too! But it wasn't always like this in America...and it surely doesn't have to be either.

A stunningly well-researched book, offering readers an explanation of why Americans are suffering from an acute case of Vacation Deficit Disorder...and what the unintended consequences mean to every American couple, parents, families, workers, bosses, and our nations economy. It explains clearly why Americans dont travel...and why they really should! What really makes humans happy; and offers profound insight into how the lucky few Americans who do take vacations can enjoy them better and reap their life-enhancing benefits. And it passionately explains how all Americans would benefi t from his 4% Solution prescription.

This book offers a compelling American centric cultural narrative that explains in great detail and with erudite analysis just who stole our vacation.


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A Brief History of Leisure in America
A Portrait of American Vacations Today
Who Stole Your Vacation?
The Consequences of Being the NoVacation Nation
The Undeniable Benefits of Leisure
How Other People Imagine and Do Vacations
What Is To Be Done?
Take A Vacation
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
About the Author
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William D. Chalmers serves as the Event Director of The Global Scavenger HuntTM, the annual travel adventure competition and is the author of A Blind Date with the World and On the Origin of the Species homo touristicus. National Geographic Traveler dubbed him the “World’s Greatest Traveler.”

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